Sometimes in life tempers get frayed, fights break out and property gets damaged. However, such actions could see you face allegations of affray or criminal damage, in which case you need early advice from an expert Criminal Defence Team to protect your rights and find the best way forward.
If you use or threaten unlawful violence towards someone and your actions would cause them to fear for their personal safety, you could be accused of affray.
Affray can happen in public or private places and a charge of affray, which could see you jailed for up to three years, can arise even if this hypothetical bystander is not at the scene. If two or more people use or threaten unlawful violence, it is the conduct of everyone taken together that will be considered.
If property was also damaged, you could be suspected of criminal damage and face a prison sentence of up to 10 years (14 years if the incident was religiously or racially motivated).
How we can help
If you are suspected of affray or criminal damage you should contact the specialist Criminal Defence Lawyers at MW Solicitors straight away to ensure you get expert legal advice, that your legal rights are protected and a solid defence formulated.
Our Criminal Defence Team has a formidable reputation for successfully defending allegations of affray and criminal damage, such as pub or street fights, the indiscriminate throwing of objects at crowds, or the wielding of a weapon.
We will handle your case sensitively and professionally, gathering all the relevant facts, examining all the evidence, obtaining expert witnesses and leaving no stone unturned in building you a robust defence.
We will be with you at the police interview stage, where legal advice and a thorough knowledge of your rights are crucial; accompany you to preliminary hearings at the magistrates’ court and fight for your right to bail if you are charged; and ensure you get the top briefs to speak on your behalf if your case goes to trial.
We offer a variety of funding options including legal aid (depending on your financial situation and the seriousness of the offence) or you may wish to privately fund your defence. We offer fixed fees where possible to give you certainty from the outset.
At MW Solicitors, Our Mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those arrested or charged with affray or criminal damage.